"I Have Wrestled With Poverty"

"I Have Wrestled With Poverty" (HM1MG1)

Location: Greeneville, TN 37743 Greene County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 9.772', W 82° 49.767'

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Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 to poor, uneducated parents in a small building that served as a kitchen to Casso's Inn in Raleigh, North Carolina. When Andrew was three, his father died after saving two of his wealthy employers from drowning in an icy pond. A few years later, Johnson's destitute mother apprenticed Andrew and his brother to a local tailor.

At age 15, Johnson and his brother got into a legal dispute with the tailor and ran away. Two years later, Johnson returned to Raleigh to try to settle the dispute. Then he led his mother and stepfather over the Appalachians here to Greeneville. From his humble beginnings, Johnson started on the road to independence and, eventually, the presidency of the United States.

"Yes I have wrestled with poverty, the gaunt and haggard monster; I have met in the day and night; I have felt its withering approach and its blighting influence..."

Andrew Johnson 1862
HM NumberHM1MG1
Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 335447 N 4003563
Decimal Degrees36.16286667, -82.82945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 9.772', W 82° 49.767'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 9' 46.32" N, 82° 49' 46.02" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 N College St, Greeneville TN 37743, US
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